Transforming Fear to Joy

Force Is Not Our Way — Choose Deep Collaboration not Command and Control

Alas, once again a militaristic, command and control style of governance is prevailing over Indigenous and Canadian relations.  Early Monday morning, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) arrested demonstrators at the rail blockade in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, near Belleville, Ontario.

The solidarity protest began Feb. 6 in support of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs who oppose the construction of a $6-billion Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline in northern B.C.

“We have remained respectful of the ongoing dialogue, including issues of sovereignty between our Indigenous communities and various federal ministers, and have hoped for productive communication leading to a peaceful resolution,” said OPP spokesperson Bill Dickson.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau … said on Friday that barricades on rail lines and other major transportation routes must come down after two weeks of calls for patience and stalled attempts at negotiation.     CBC

Hmm, “patience and stalled attempts at negotiation” appeared more like avoidance and inaction, which has only added fuel to the flame of seemingly opposing opinions.  Am I mistaken or do we all know that when two or more parties find themselves disagreeing, it is best for them to come together for dialogue?  I recognize that confronting conflict with respectful dialogue necessitates a willingness to enter into deep collaboration, that is, a conversation where no one is right or wrong, but all are desirous to discover a win for everyone involved including Mother Earth.

Now, some of you naysayers may be shaking your heads in disbelief, a disbelief that peaceful resolution is impossible.  This is just not the case.  More and more citizens around the world are demanding, through civil disobedience, a decision-making voice in their present-day and future governance.  Given the emerging differences, divisions and divisiveness we are currently experiencing and witnessing nationally and globally, it behoves us to pay deeper attention.

Deeper attention to our internal and external experience teaches us what skills we need in order to shift from old, unsatisfactory paradigms of forceful command and control to new harmonious and productive ways of living, working and being together.   We are intelligent organisms.  Earth is an intelligent organism.  Together, the answers we need to enable our joint success are within us.

When we rest awareness on present moment emerging experience both within and without, we are deeply collaborating with all of life.  Simply, we are surrendering to what is and trusting that what we need is being provided to us in each passing moment.  Such deep collaboration aligns us intra- and inter-personally with the flow of life (extra-personally).     Deep Collaboration

Deep collaboration is possible.  It is already happening in our homes, schools, workplaces and nations.

What can we do?  We can start with our internal attitudes and beliefs.  We can hold the belief that indigenous and other Canadians have the power to understand each other and with loving kindness turn our differences into dreams and then reality.  And So It Is.

And, if that is not enough, then cleanse your vibrational frequency of “negativity, limiting beliefs, toxic thinking patterns and harmful habits” by listening to the following Solfeggio tone (RE — 417 Hz).

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Author: Helen Maupin

Helen is passionate about transforming fear into love — from her, for her, for all. She expresses her commitment to transformation through writing poetry, self-awareness and yoga books, co-designing organizations into adaptive enterprises and deepening her daily meditation and yoga practices.


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